The Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA) holy list of certified coffee brewers has been updated.
Easily the most rigorous third-party testing program for coffee makers, the SCA’s brutal inspection and testing standards now certifies ultra-high performance in 30 different brewers — a two brewer increase since we last reported in October 2019, but still a small count relative to the number of drip coffee brewers out there.
What’s new? Oxo's follow-up to its 9-cup Barista Brain, the 8-Cup Coffee Maker ($180), made the list. (We can confirm it's a great coffee maker.) With its push-to-brew functionality, makes it easy to brew a single-serving of coffee or a whole carafe. While the brewer is SCA-certified, only its carafe coffee achieves the Gold Cup standard (the SCA has yet to set a Gold Cup standard for single-serve coffee). A late 2019 addition to the list was the Paderno 9-Cup Balanced-Brew Coffee Maker ($200). The Canadian-based brand's coffee maker came out in 2019, and its notable features include a "Small Batch" brew setting, mid-brew pause function and a built-in filter basket that foregoes paper filters. It also shares a similar design to the Oxo Barista Brain swapping its cylindrical water reservoir for a cuboid shape.
Long-time favorites like Oxo’s Barista Brain ($200), Breville’s Precision Brewer ($300), Bonavita’s One-Touch ($150) and a host of Moccamasters all remain on the list.